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Reta Rawn

Reta Rawn

February 23, 2023

Reta Rawn

RAWN, Reta – Suddenly, but peacefully at Louise Marshall Hospital on Thursday, February 23, 2023 in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of the late Lyle Rawn (2009). Loving mother of Barry Rawn and his wife Thelma of Fergus, Bev Rawn and his wife Donna of Guelph, Harvey Rawn and his partner Trish Clarke of Guelph, and Keith Rawn of Mount Forest. Reta will be sadly missed by her nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and their families. Dear sister of Pauline Brown and sister-in-law of Maxine Scott, Grant Preston, Shirley Dodds and Myrna McTavish. Predeceased by her brother Bob Scott, sister Edith Preston, brothers-in-law Ken Brown, Hugh Dodds and Doug McTavish, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Fred and Theresa Rawn, Ivan and Mary Rawn and Carl and Bertha Rawn. Reta is survived by her many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Reta was an active member in her community and church. Her favourite place was at home on her farm, or in the garden. Reta was a writer for South Bend News in the Confederate for many years. 

Visitation will be held at the England Funeral Home, 294 Main Street South, Mount Forest, on Tuesday, February 28th from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Mount Forest United Church, 175 Queen Street East, Mount Forest, on Wednesday, March 1st at 11:00 a.m. All are welcome to a reception in the church hall immediately following the service. If you are unable to attend the service in person, you are invited to view livestream by visiting the England Funeral Home Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057424542022. Spring interment will take place in Mount Forest Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Reta are asked to consider Letter Breen United Church, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of one’s choice. 


Warm thoughts to Keith and family. Such a lovely woman. I think of you often Keith. Miss the days of baseball and especially the fellowship following the games. Love you forever my friend. Jack.

— J Kennedy, March 16, 2023

Kaillie and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

— Jen & Leticia, March 8, 2023

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Thinking of you all at this time.
Mark and Joanne Byers and family

— JOANNE BYERS, March 4, 2023

So sorry for your loss. Our condolences to the families. She will be missed. Brian and Linda Hunter

— Brian Hunter, March 1, 2023

What an amazing lady! I know that the millions of memories that will be shared by Rita’s family and friends will honour her forever.
You are in my thoughts at this time.

— Sharon Eurig, March 1, 2023

Our condolences to Barry, Bev, Harvey, Keith and your families. Reta will be fondly remembered as a great neighbour and friend.

— Rick and Maxine Parker, February 28, 2023

Barry, Thelma and family. Bev, Harvey, Keith and families. Our sincere condolences to you and your families. Reta was a lovely lady who will be dearly missed. May you find comfort in the happy memories you all share. -Maxine and Werner Schmidt

— Maxine and Werner Schmidt, February 28, 2023

Reta was a Lovely lady. I Took her To Church. She was Interesting To listen too . Always a smile. My Thoughts and Prayers are with your Family.

— Lois Harris, February 28, 2023

Harv Sorry for your loss. Thinking of You & Your whole family at this time. Take Care Steve & Deb

— Steve Lane & Deb Richardson, February 28, 2023

My sincere condolences to Barry & Rossie, Cody & Rebecca, Kaillie, and Shannon, on the passing of your dear Mom and Grandma. May you be comforted by your precious memories.

— Lorna Bevcar, February 27, 2023

Our condolences to Reta's family. She was an integral member of our Letterbreen Church Community. She will be missed.

— Brett and Caitlin Reeves, February 27, 2023

My condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the Rawn and Scott families on Reta being called into the presence of the Lord. Reta was a gracious, quiet and devoted godly wife, mother and 1st cousin. May the Lord's comfort be experienced by all who sense their loss.
Regrettably I will not be able to be present on Wednesday.
Delbert Fowler

— Delbert Fowler, February 26, 2023

So very sorry to hear of your mothers passing… our sincere condolences to all of Reta’s family.

— Ruth-Anne and Wayne Rawn, February 25, 2023

Sincere condolences on the loss of a lovely lady…our thoughts & prayers are with all of you @ this difficult time.

— Brian & Marilynne Adams, February 25, 2023

Sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved grandmother and mother. Remembered by us as a gracious lady with a good sense of humour and a sweet demeanor. May the love of family and friends bring you comfort as you say good bye to Reta.
Caring thoughts,
Allen and Sharon Mears

— Sharon Mears, February 25, 2023

Our deepest condolences to Barry, Bev, Harvey, and Keith and familys. Sooo many memories of family gatherings, music, sleep overs, tiny house..... Recent years, visiting Aunt Reta and Dad at Birmingham . Lots of love, Paul and Viola Preston

— Paul Preston, February 25, 2023

Our deepest sympathy to Barry, Bev, Harvey, Keith and families
Brian & Tamara

— Brian Plume, February 25, 2023

My sincerest condolences to Ruth's family. She was a wonderful woman, a caring neighbour and a true Southgate icon. The world was definitely a better place with her in it. I'm sure she will continue to watch over the neighbourhood! May she now rest in peace.

— Deborah Lapping (Hoffman), February 25, 2023

To Keith & family.
Very sorry for your loss. My condolences to all of you. Peace be with you.

— Bart Penwarden, February 25, 2023

Dear Keith & Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.

— Linda Ross, February 24, 2023

We are very sad to hear of Reta's passing. Lyle and Reta were a big part of our childhood. The farm was a very special place for us. We always had an amazing time when we visited. Reta was always busy in the garden or kitchen, organizing a luncheon; buffet for a large family gathering or family reunion. What a cook and baker!!!! Seemed to have endless energy....I think she needed that raising 4 boys!!!
My deepest condolences to all the families of Barry, Harvey, Bev and Keith. We love all of you very much, even though we don't see each other very often. But, when we do, it's like we have never been apart.
Another chapter in our lives has begun.
Paula Dale & Fred

— Paula Dale, February 24, 2023

Rita was a beautiful lady with a friendly smile and greeting. Her columns in the Confederate were so interesting and missed. We had our grandchildren there to see Bud and Duke. Another time Lyle took a sleigh load through the Maple Bush back to the side road. Our young grandson from the city was in awe as Duke and Bud had stopped for a "potty" break". Those hot buns were a scene our grandson didn't forget soon. Their good friend Ruth Hunt was with us plus a few others. Rita had the kettle on and we enjoyed sitting around the kitchen table, visiting. One summer evening to celebrate a Birthday Party Lyle took a load of young and their parents into Holstein for Ice Cream. So many happy memories and you, her family will treasure many of your own.

Our Sincere Heart Felt Sympathy to all of you. May her soul Rest in Peace. Bob and Mary McIntee.

— Bob and Mary McIntee, February 24, 2023

My deepest condolences to all of Reta's family.
Lyle and Reta were one of the very first couples that our family met in the Mount Forest area and how very lucky and blessed we were to know the Rawn family.
Over time, I got to know Reta better, through my dear friendship with Keith and going to community functions. What a joy she was. Every time you met with her, there was the quick wit, the gentle voice, the understanding way.
Such a pillar in the community. Big, big loss for the community. RIP dear Reta.

— Trina Collette, February 24, 2023

What a full life our Reta enjoyed and our Hunt family was privileged to know her and Lyle and the family connections.
Thinking of you all and memories galore.

— winnie hunt, February 24, 2023

Sending condolences to the families of Reta .

— Karen (Jarvis) Switzer., February 24, 2023

Sending my sincere condolences to the Rawn family.

— Beth Eurig, February 24, 2023

So very sorry to hear the news about Reta's passing. Reta was a very caring and mild mannered woman. It was my pleasure to have known her.
Kathy Armstrong

— Kathy Armstrong, February 24, 2023

We would like to send our condolences to you all. Rita was a very sweet and soft spoken lady. Our prayers are with you all.

Lynn Linde and Family

— Lynn Linde, February 24, 2023

Our deepest condolences to Reta’s family. She was always a very active member in her church and community.

— Marion and Ray Parker, February 24, 2023

Keith & the Rawn Family. We r so sorry to hear about your mom. Our prayers r with u all.

— Shirley Droog, February 24, 2023

To Reta s family, my sincere sympathy to you all
Reta was a lovely, gracious lady, as was her husband, a very nice man. favourite memories go back many years when they hosted musical parties in their home. I was there on a number occasions,
And shall not forget the music, dancing, and good fun

— Barbara Reeves, February 24, 2023

My condolences to your family. She was always so kind and a smile on her face. She was a wonderful person and Aunt.

— Alison McTavish, February 24, 2023

Our deepest sympathy to Reta's family and friends. May you find comfort in knowing that she is at Peace. Reta will be greatly missed within our Birmingham Family. She was a lovely lady. Rest in Peace, Reta.
Sincerely from the Residents and Staff of Birmingham Retirement Community

— Staff of Birmingham Retirement Community, February 24, 2023

So sorry for your loss. Lyle and Reta were both such wonderful people. I remember all of her beautiful flowers and her great cooking! May she rest in peace!

— Laura Collette Miller, February 24, 2023

My condolences to all your family Barry.

— Marg Frayne, February 24, 2023

Keith and family we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. Hold on to your memories . Carl& Wendy Abbott

— Carl & Wendy Abbott, February 24, 2023

Sincere sympathy to the Rawn family. Rita had a mind full of history that she loved to share. She will be missed.

— Dennis and Lorri Grein, February 23, 2023

Sincere sympathy to Reta's family. She was a remarkable woman. I had the distinct pleasure of being in touch on a weekly basis for many, many years when she wrote the South Bend news for The Confederate -- the good old days.

— Lynne Turner, February 23, 2023

So sorry for your loss Sincere condolences to all family and loved ones
Jewel Green

— Jewel Green, February 23, 2023

A truly remarkable lady.
Will never be forgotten.

— Sandra Thomson, February 23, 2023

Dear Pauline and family. We are so sorry to hear this news.

— Cathie and John Ridgeway, February 23, 2023

To the Rawn and Scott families... we are so sorry for your loss. Many fond memories of Reta and Lyle during many years of Glenn and Lyle with the Mount Forest Highlanders an Reta an I as "groupies" at most of their events. As we were, we wonder how many hundreds of people enjoyed their wonderful hospitality. Reta's gentle nature will be missed.

— Glenn and Carol Leibold, February 23, 2023

Reta was such a kind and welcoming person, gentle and thoughtful, she will be greatly missed. Condolences to all of her family and friends who loved her and she loved back.

— janet cowan, February 23, 2023

Heartfelt sympathy to the family

— Diane Eurig, February 23, 2023

Heartfelt condolences to the family from the family of the late Bonnie Patterson

— Melissa Gissing, February 23, 2023

Contact Info

294 Main Street South
P.O. Box 38, Mount Forest
Ontario, Canada N0G 2L0
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